Belcher, R.S. The Six-Gun Tarot. Tor. Jan. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780765329325. $25.99; ebook. ISBN 9781429946988. fantasy
When young Jim Negrey and his long-suffering horse find sanctuary in the cattle town of Galgotha, NV, Jim notices that the sheriff bears the marks of a noose round his neck; his deputy calls the coyotes his kin, and a nameless evil inhabits the nearby silver mine. Belcher’s debut is an astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure. The author reinvents wild-West stereotypes into fresh, original characters and imbues the landscape with its own mystical characteristics. VERDICT Though this fantasy debut should especially appeal to fans of both “weird West” fiction and steampunk, the power of the author’s storytelling and strong characters deserve as wide an audience as possible. The author is the Grand Prize winner in the Strange New Worlds SF writing contest.